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Is it too early for Patriots to swing a trade to help depth?

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Is it too early for Patriots to swing a trade to help depth?

A dream scenario for the Patriots would be for everyone to get magically healthy. Another would be for them to swing a trade that solves their injury woes. Both scenarios might be equally improbable. 

In just a matter of weeks, the Patriots have gone from a sure-thing Super Bowl champion to a team that can only hope it is healthy enough in the coming months to actually achieve that goal. 

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No position is as vulnerable as wide receiver, which might currently have only one totally healthy player in Brandin Cooks. Chris Hogan and Phillip Dorsett were the only other two receivers to dress Sunday, but both had injury scares against the Saints. 

With Julian Edelman and Malcolm Mitchell both on injured reserve and Danny Amendola recovering from head and knee injuries, an initially loaded wide receiver group could use reinforcements.

The good news: The Patriots like making in-season trades. The bad news: This isn’t really the time of year for that. 

This season saw a major uptick in trades just before Week 1. The Patriots were plenty busy there, trading Jacoby Brissett for Dorsett and also making deals for Cassius Marsh and Johnson Bademosi. 

Yet after Week 1 is a different story. There hasn’t been a trade in the NFL since the season started, and last year there wasn’t an in-season trade made until Week 7, when the Packers picked up Knile Davis from the Chiefs. The Pats made trades last season (getting Kyle Van Noy, shipping A.J. Derby and Jamie Collins out), but the first one of those didn’t come until Week 8. 

History says mid-to-late September is not a common time to actually solve problems via trade. To find a major deal, you’d have to go back to 2013, when the Colts foolishly gave the Browns a first-round pick for Trent Richardson. The Pats traded Randy Moss for a third-round pick in Week 5 of 2010. 

In 2015, there were seven trades made between the start of the season and the end of September. There weren’t any the year before.  

It makes sense why such deals usually don’t happen. It’s way too early for teams to throw in the towel. Take the Cardinals, for instance. They have not looked good through two games and are missing one of the best running backs in the league, but it would be crazy for them to pull the plug and trade off parts. 

So maybe some receiver can join the likes of Van Noy and Akeem Ayers as in-season trade additions that proved to fill a need. Week 3 might still be a little early for that, though. 

Doctors believe Carson Wentz has torn ACL

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Doctors believe Carson Wentz has torn ACL

LOS ANGELES - Two sources familiar with the injury tell The Associated Press that doctors believe Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz tore his left anterior cruciate ligament in a win over the Rams on Sunday and will miss the rest of the season and playoffs.

Wentz, a favorite in the NFL MVP race, will have an MRI on Monday to confirm the severity of the injury. Both people spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to release the information. Wentz left the stadium on a cart with a brace on his left leg.

"I don't know anything until we evaluate him (Monday)," Eagles coach Doug Pederson said.

Wentz was hurt late in the third quarter of Philadelphia's 43-35 comeback win at Los Angeles . Backup Nick Foles rallied the Eagles (11-2) to a win that secured the NFC East title and put them in first place in the conference with three games remaining.

"Everyone is really excited about the win but you have your starting quarterback go down, it's emotional," Foles said. "It's emotional for me. I work with him every day so I'm dealing with that."

Wentz was hit hard as he scrambled into the end zone on a play that was called back because of holding. He stayed in the game and threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Alshon Jeffery four plays later , setting the franchise record for most TD passes in a season with 33.

"It shows how tough he is," Pederson said.

Foles replaced Wentz the next drive after the Rams took a 35-31 lead. He led the Eagles to a pair of field goals on consecutive drives. Second-year pro Nate Sudfeld is Philadelphia's No. 3 quarterback.

Wentz arrived in Philadelphia as the No. 2 pick in the 2016 draft out of North Dakota State. On Sunday, he dueled with Rams quarterback Jared Goff, the No. 1 pick in that draft.

After starting all 16 games as a rookie, Wentz made a giant leap this season. He passed for 3,296 yards and only seven interceptions to go with those 33 TDs.

Despite the injury, Wentz stayed in the locker room to greet teammates after the victory over the Rams (9-4).

After the game, Wentz's left knee was wrapped in a brace. He was driven in a cart up the tunnel at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and then hobbled to one of the team buses

"He's one of the leaders on the team. He was there congratulating and celebrating with everyone," Foles said.

Foles, a third-round pick by former Eagles coach Andy Reid in 2012, is in his second stint in Philadelphia. He replaced an injured Michael Vick in 2013 and led the Eagles to an NFC East title during Chip Kelly's first season as coach. Foles tied an NFL record with seven TD passes in a game at Oakland in November 2013 and finished that season with 27 TDs and only two picks. The Eagles lost at home to New Orleans in the playoffs. Foles went to the Pro Bowl and was the offensive MVP.

But Kelly traded Foles to St. Louis for Sam Bradford after the 2014 season. Foles spent a year with the Rams, a season with the Chiefs and returned to Philadelphia as a free agent this season.

"I'm absolutely ready to go - need be," Foles said. "I prepare every day."

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